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Thread: Ice Dance Blades vs Singles Blades

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    On the Ice
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    Ice Dance Blades vs Singles Blades

    I have read that Ice Dancer's blades are one inch shorter than single's blades so they don trip over each other. Can ice dancers do jumps in these skates, or would they need to have another pair of skates. For example, Charlie White used to compete in men's singles as a junior. Did he have two pairs of skates, one for ice dance and on for his singles career or could he just use his dance blades for both? Thanks

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    Tripping on the Podium
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    Yes, Charlie would need two sets of boots and blades. The Dance Blade has smaller toe picks and the tail of the blade is much shorter to prevent the partners from stepping on the back of the blade. You can do most edge jumps (Loops, Axles) with dance blades. For Toe Jumps (Lutz, Flip) you like a little more two pick than on a dance blade.

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    I skated both dance and freestyle at the same time and had two sets of boots, one for freestyle with with freestyle blades the other were dance boots with dance blades.

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    Rinkside
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    I've been told there are competitive ice dancers who use freestyle blades. Sadly, I don't know who.

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    On the Ice
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    Wow thanks everyone

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    Tripping on the Podium
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    Occasionally you see competitors with free style blades, but not at the Junior/Senior International Level. Its usually a function of economics. Boots cost upward of $600 plus Blades $450. Then you need to mount the blades $100. Sharpening every 3 weeks is another $27. Younger skaters particularly boys outgrow boots and blades pretty fast and the used equipment market is null. Charlie would have probably had two sets of Free Style and two sets of Ice Dance if he was doing international in Free Style. Usually top level skaters have a second pair of skates that can get shipped if main set gets lost by airline.

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